The Galapagos Islands, is one of the 4 worlds that Ecuador has, many tourists dare to visit this incredible place to explore the marine life that it has. In the Galapagos Islands you can do several activities, such as hiking, biking, bird watching, but without a doubt the most requested by tourists is diving. Swim with turtles, dolphins, sharks, fish of various colors witness, or walk with your toquilla straw hat and see the sea lions, it seems to only be done in the film, but in the Galapagos Islands all this can be done. I recently had the opportunity to travel to the Galapagos Islands and I focused on diving in different places, and it occurred to me that you should know the best places that Galapagos has to practice diving in a unique and incredible way.
-Devil's Crown - Floreana Island
The Crown of the Devil is an old eroded and extinct volcanic cone. In the craters you can observe sea birds such as boobies, pelicans and frigates. It is considered one of the most exotic islands of the entire archipelago. It is also known by the name of Santa María in distinction to one of the caravels of Christopher Columbus.
The Devil's Crown is home to numerous marine species that make it one of the best diving sites in the Galapagos Islands. In this place you can observe a wide variety of corals, urchins, snappers, groupers, angelfish, lemon fish, yellow tail grunts, scorpion fish and many other interesting creatures, not leaving aside the turtles and sea lions.
This place was one of my favorites so I put it in number 1, because it has a current that takes you in and around the crown, it's as if you were in a mechanical game, the marine current takes care of everything.
Whale Sharks Point: Wolf Island
The island is very far from the main island. The Galapagos National Park does not allow the landing on the island; however, it is a popular diving spot. Here live fur seals, frigates, masked and red-footed boobies, marine iguanas, sharks, whales, dolphins and swallow-tailed gulls.
I also want to tell you that this is the only place where it is possible to swim next to the famous whale shark, hammerhead sharks and Galapagos sharks. Although this place sounds incredible, and accurate for adventure tourism, it is not recommended for inexperienced people in diving. Wolf Island has very strong currents.
Punta Espinoza - Fernandina Island
Punta Espinoza is a narrow salient of lava and sand that extends from the base of the volcano to the sea, is located on the western side of Fernandina Island and right on the Bolívar Canal. Aquí puede observar colonias de iguanas marinas, una gran cantidad de pingüinos, pelícanos, leones marinos y cangrejos zayapas.
There are also seahorses, cat sharks and you can often see non-flying cormorants, and penguins, as well as marine iguanas, green turtles, spiny rays and open water species such as sharks, stingrays and eagle rays.
Within its vegetation you can appreciate dry trees, since this place has lava. The vegetation of the area includes: Palo Santo tree, tree of white trunk that remains without leaves and they seem "dead", has a citrus aroma that helps to recharge the energies of the body, lava cactus (Brachycerus nesioticus), among other species.
Punta Vicente Roca - Isabela Island
It is found in the "mouth" of the sea horse shape that faces west of Isabela. The remains of an ancient volcano form a bay well protected from the waves of the turquoise ocean. its cold current makes its marine life abundant.
The people who dare to dive in this place can observe several marine species such as: Frogfish, moonfish, hinge prawns, sea horses and the famous red-lipped bat fish. The rare Port Jackson shark is also a frequent visitor to this place. In Punta Vicente Roca you will live a unique and unforgettable experience, it is an incredible site, if you like the cold you can opt for this option.
Cerro Tijeretas, San Cristóbal Island
Cerro Tijeretas is located a short distance from Puerto Baquerizo Moreno. It is one of the places most frequented by tourists. It is ideal for diving and a more if you are beginners . Here it is possible to swim with playful sea lions, Galápagos eels, green sea turtles, schools of fish and angel fish flock. You can also observe the Galapagos sharks, hammerhead sharks and silver tip sharks.
Several days ago I also made a post about the best places in Galapagos that you should visit, I'll leave the link so you can see other activities that can be done in this place: 4 Places you should visit if you travel to Galapagos
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